Investigators: Census worker committed suicide

Graves dot a hillside at the Hoskins Cemetery in rural Clay County near Manchester, Ky., Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009. It was near this cemetery census worker Bill Sparkman was found dead. (AP Photo/\Ed Reinke)

November 24, 2009 1:47:11 PM PST
Authorities are saying a Kentucky census worker found hanging from a tree with "fed" scrawled on his chest committed suicide and staged his death to look like a homicide. A news release from Kentucky State Police said Tuesday that Bill Sparkman died at the same location where his body was found Sept. 12 near a cemetery in a heavily wooded area of southeastern Kentucky.

A man who found the body in the Daniel Boone National Forest said the 51-year-old was bound with duct tape, gagged and had an identification badge taped to his neck.

Investigators say Sparkman acted alone in manipulating the scene to conceal the suicide.

The news release says Sparkman had recently taken out two life insurance policies that would not pay out for suicide.